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Relay for Life celebrates fighters, remembers survivors

HOISINGTON - When cancer survivors and their caregivers line up for the Survivors' Lap at Relay for Life, it's hard not to be overcome by emotion, standing on the sidelines, clapping for those who have battled this disease and won. The sheer number of faces recognized can be overwhelming, with the realization how many people's lives are touched by cancer. As the survivors pass by, clapping and celebrating to the upbeat music, the memories of all those lost over the years surfaces, too.

June 10, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Larned's Santa Fe Trail Days gets rolling

LARNED - Saturday morning, Broadway and Main filled with families and people of all ages out for a good time as the 2017 Santa Fe Trail Days parade and festivities began. At noon, crowds of people migrated towards what Larned residents affectionately call "sled hill," where the United Way of Central Kansas and the City of Larned prepared a plastic sluice where soon, a flotilla of over 700 ducks would soon float. The top 10 winners would walk away with cash prizes, and the rest, well, the loss would roll off them like water off a duck's back.

June 10, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Santa Fe Trail Days

LARNED - Santa Fe Trail Days began last Thursday and the celebration continues Sunday in downtown Larned.

June 10, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Miss Kansas 2017 to be picked Saturday

PRATT - Barton County is making a name for itself this year, with five contestants competing in the Miss Kansas 2017 and Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen pageants at Pratt.

June 09, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SHOW THE BEAUTY

BY VERONICA COONS

June 08, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


Larned City Council addresses drainage issues

LARNED – Storm water drainage issues were the main topic of discussion at the Larned City Council meeting Monday night. Council member Kim Barnes asked two citizens experiencing problems with flooding to attend the meeting.

June 08, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

June 08, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Santa Fe Trail Days starts today

LARNED - It's the second weekend of June, and that means it's time for the Annual Santa Fe Trail Days celebration. The four-day event has something for every age group, with shopping, food, entertainment, contests and, of course, entertainment. Today, the Annual Community Banquet and opening ceremony will be held at the Larned Knights of Columbus Hall, with social hour beginning at 6 p.m., and supper at 6:30 p.m.

June 08, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


June Jaunt cancer screening well attended

While Jack Kilby Square filled with people on Saturday for June Jaunt activities, many stopped in at the Barton County Health Department across the street for a free cancer screening offered by the Great Bend Masonic Lodge #113.

June 06, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


City of Larned considers billing changes

LARNED - Every month, the city of Larned sends an average of 529 late notices, or "red" bills, to utility customers. That's nearly 20 percent of the city's 2,700 utility contracts. Larned's City Council declared that's too many, and something needs to change. They tasked Kara Rath, the utility clerk, and Monica Steiner, the finance director, to conduct a study of how other cities like Larned combat similar problems. Rath and Steiner presented their proposal to the council Monday night.

June 06, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Sun Salutation

June 03, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


6th June Jaunt full of fun

Great weather converged with great planning on Saturday for June Jaunt activities at Great Bend's Jack Kilby Square. Families came out to enjoy the entertainment, games, food and fun.

June 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


'Renewed' band brings Great Bend singer home

Kimberlee Jo Eaton, formerly Stiles, will return to Great Bend with her husband Mark and their band Renewed this weekend for two performances during June Jaunt.

May 31, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Sixth Annual June Jaunt returns Friday, with fresh slate of fun

Five years ago, June Jaunt made its premiere, encouraging locals and travelers along K-96 to "get their fix" of fun and fantastic entertainment as they journey from Tribune at the Colorado border, east to Barton County. This year, Great Bend is the ultimate destination for fun.

May 31, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

May 31, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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USD 431 adopts 2018-2019 budget

HOISINGTON - The Unified School District 431 Board of Education convened a special meeting Monday night in order to hold the 2018 budget hearing. No members ...

August 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Eyeing the sky

Eclipse viewing glasses were a hot commodity in Great Bend Monday morning. Those looking for a pair began arriving as early as 8 a.m ...

August 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts attends Great Bend Chamber Coffee

When he's home in Kansas, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts makes a point of expressing his fondness for long-time friends, and Thursday morning's ...

August 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Meet the Panthers happening Sunday

The Great Bend High School Booster Club will sponsor the second annual Meet the Panthers event, starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 ...

August 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Weekend accident claims Stafford Co. official

STAFFORD - A current Stafford County Commissioner, Shane Stimatze, was found dead at his home in rural Stafford County on Monday from an apparent accident that ...

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle registration snafu uncovered

Claflin Police Chief Gary Vaughan was approached last week by a Claflin man who lent his vehicle to a friend. The friend was stopped by ...

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GOOD CLEAN FUN

Saturday morning, as 17th Ave. East of McKinley began to fill up with floats and other parade entries, families made their way to the parade ...

August 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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